Visionary businessman, creative filmmaker, erstwhile photographer, and innovative impresario, Navroz Prasla dons many hats. Hailing from the bustling metropolis of Mumbai in India, where Bollywood, the heart of movie-making beats energetically, it was a foregone conclusion that Prasla would be infused with a passion for sculpting celluloid dreams. Armed with several years of experience in the industry as production manager, photographer, and in every capacity that enchants on the big screen, he recognized that Bollywood has universal appeal, that language or cultural differences were no bar to the global inquisitiveness and energy that Indian films generated. Intuitively, he saw a niche market in devising those films, of telling those stories, of finding different perspectives to the Indian ethos here in the USA. Young, and replete with ideas that permeated his every conscious thought, he moved to Houston, Texas, and sought to follow his dreams in the land of promised opportunities.
Prasla made it happen. In 2004, he successfully helmed and promoted the US national performance tour of Bollywood film star and comedian, Johnny Lever. The confidence gleaned from that success drove him to ante up on his game. He founded Media Film Craft, a company driven to craft films that are profoundly thought provoking. His first production venture, Kshitij (meaning A Horizon), a Marathi language movie, was shot on location in Maharashtra. The film tells the story of a 12 –year-old girl’s struggle to continue her education in the face of severe poverty and adversity. Resul Pookutty, an India-based sound designer, sound editor, and mixer, who won an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing for the smash hit Slumdog Millionaire, has lent his talent as sound designer to Kshitij. The movie will debut in India on December 2, 2016.
Prasla already has another film taking shape, which is tentatively named Valentine’s Day. He has his ambitious sights set on collaborative ventures with Hollywood, for him the holy grail of movie making.
Noteworthy is it that Prasla has distinguished himself as a force to be reckoned with in the business echelons. He is also the Founder/CEO of Mottus, a Houston-based video equipment manufacturer that puts forth high quality, affordable, durable, studio and location-ready gear and accessories.
Regardless of the keen intellect that has brought him untold success, it is undoubtedly movie making that has him captivated.